This is my second trip to Taiwan. The first was just staying put in Taipei as a base and visited other areas using buses.
This time round we got a tour guide, Jacky Kao and we crafted a custom travel itinerary for our 8 day discover Taiwan. He drives a 8 seater passenger vehicle which for 5 of us is extremely spacious and plenty of luggage space.
Normally, it will be super hot summer weather but we are blessed in a sense of missing typhoon passing which resulted in torrential rains that dropped the temperature to a pleasant 22-26 degrees except in the mountains which as a whopping 12 degrees. Luckily we are well prepared for cold spells.
So generally we have overcast, cloudy or rainy days. Checking landmarks for us can be as simple as passing by or jumping out of the car for 5 mins, snap and go. Again with lady luck, the weather accommodated us by stopping the rain briefly or start to drizzle right after our little hops.
We visited the mountains and farmland areas, eaten great food from our travel down to Kaohsiung and back to Taipei. There was a stayout at a rustic place where we were reminded of our kampong days where chickens and pigs roam freely. They even had baby pigs just born less than a week old and super cute with their tri-color markings.
Food and more food. Of course we must have bubble teas and night market eats. We also had fresh seafood and local noodles.
We also have a different type of breakfast. Porridge in the morning, something different from the American breakfasts. The local snacks especially peanuts are a delight that we got many varieties to bring back besides the all famous pineapple tarts.